BuNo. 42158, LT.JG Ray Hawkings, VF-31, USS Cabot, September, 1944
Ray Hawkings, with 14 confirmed kills to his credit, became the second highest ranking pilot in VF-31. Probably the most successful day of his military career
came on September 13, 1944,when he downed five Japanese aircraft in a battle near Mindanao, the Philipppines, and achieved the status ‚Ace in a Day‘. He
joined the Blue Angels after the war, the display team of the US Navy. During the Sixties he served in Japan as a CO of the Atsugi Air Base. Aside from the kill
marks and mission tallies, the VF-31 Flying MeatAxes patch on the fuselage can be een. The white vertical stripe on the tail identified aircraft from the Cabot.
INFO Eduard - June 2019